RIR, Buff Orps, Not-Dorking, Russian Orloffs, and Plymrocks?

Orion ZyGarian

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Hello everyone, long story short we ended up getting some rescues, 2 pullets, and 2 young chicks on the property I live on. In a few short months, I've gone from not caring much about chickens to loving them, and decided to incubate some of my own. I just dont know for sure what we have.

All 4 adults were rescues and we have very little information about them otherwise. Let's start with the roo.

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I thought he was a Dorking, but he doesnt have the 5th toes. I call him Frillyboi. Mostly passive, doesnt do much, growl/grumbles around humans. He gets along very well with the brown one (Mrs. Brown or Brownie), and as I found when I had eggs for breakfast one day, her eggs are fertile! Usually he flies up into a tree branch at night, though lately he's been going in the coop with the other chickens. He's the newest full grown addition and finally is getting comfortable. I cant figure out what breed he is though, any ideas?

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We have 2 older hens, both look almost exactly the same, pretty sure they were sisters and raised together. My first guess was Buff Orpington, but I'm not very confident on that. The black on her feathers I think is from hiding under dirty trucks. That's not part of her color pattern. Theyre VERY quiet, one has gentle chirps, the other loud squeaks. I think Squeakers had throat damage from an animal attack one night and has had her voice messed up since. She's otherwise made a full recovery. Neither have laid any in a long time. What breed is she actually?

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This is Brownie. She probably grew up alone, hand fed. When we first got her, she didnt spend too much time with the hens when we first got her. Most of the time she would follow me around everywhere, even into the shop and my office

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She doesnt do office visits anymore, but she does happily greet me every morning, expecting treats. She also eats the most, and reliably lays 5-6 eggs each week, so I have to assume she's a RIR. She can be a little aggressive sometimes with the other birds, but not too much. Doesnt want to be pet or picked up, but will happily eat from your hand and hang around until she goes foraging again. Despite very pronounced comb with lots of red, shes definitely female. Is Rhode Island Red correct?

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These two I've been very hands-on with raising since they were tiny TSC bought chicks a few months ago. I spend about an hour per day with them, much of that with them on my shoulders.

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They used to look exactly the same and be the same size, so it's interesting to see where theyve gone from there. The mostly white one is Peachy, who is a bit bigger. Theyre both wonderful and entertaining. She doesnt fuss too much anymore when I pick her up, and she will now either wait for me to put my hand out to walk on so I can raise her to roost (because she's spoiled, even though shes capable), or reach my hand out when shes perched to walk across my arm to my shoulder. As of yesterday and today, she will now happily jump straight up to my shoulder when I'm sitting down without me trying to get her to, and perch there for a while, often to take a short nap.

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I dont have many pics of her sister as seen above, but I'm guessing theyre both Russian Orloffs. Thoughts?

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These last 2 have to be Plymouth Rock, or maybe Barred Rock

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Pretty excited to hatch this run of 5 eggs from Brownie and Frills! Theyre coming along well, lots of movement and thick veins. I expect 1.5-2 weeks on them. Here's some pics from a few days ago

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Rooster, I think, is a Leghorn. The two older hens are buff Orpingtons. Brownie is a Rhode Island Red. The two from TSC look to be speckled Sussex pullet and cockerel... The last two are barred Plymouth Rocks, (plymouth rock and barred rock are the same thing).
 

Orion ZyGarian

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Rooster, I think, is a Leghorn. The two older hens are buff Orpingtons. Brownie is a Rhode Island Red. The two from TSC look to be speckled Sussex pullet and cockerel... The last two are barred Plymouth Rocks, (plymouth rock and barred rock are the same thing).
Thank you!! You think the more-white speckled is a roo? And perhaps that's why (s)he is a bit bigger? I have not heard her/him crow
 

house1917

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The more-white youngster is likely a cockerel- his comb and wattles are significantly bigger than his hatchmate. But, if you have the space- SS roos are beautiful and typically pretty calm. We consider SS hens the Labrador Retrievers of the chicken world!
 

Orion ZyGarian

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Comb and waddles are still pretty pink... I'm hoping you both are wrong, but the good news is that it doesn't really matter ultimately, as (s)he will still hang around here and be loved! As it turns out, Peachy has recently starting jumping up on my shoulder whenever I visit in the coop and has been wonderful!
 

Orion ZyGarian

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Well 2 of the eggs were early quitters. One of the BO's dropped dead yesterday, still dont know why. The good news is even though the 3 eggs are late bloomers (likely my fault), they still seem on track for hatching! One is already cheeping and should be ready for the world soon.

I've been doing lots of research.. would a silver leghorn rooster and RIR hen make sex-linked chicks? Time to do more cross breed research
 

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